Fast Five Quiz: Herpes Zoster Facts vs Fiction

William James, MD


September 22, 2021

Herpes zoster (shingles) is a typically painful dermatomal rash that occurs with reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) that was dormant within dorsal root ganglia. Symptoms typically start with pain along the affected dermatome, which is followed in 2-3 days by a vesicular eruption. Although the prognosis is usually excellent, herpes zoster in immunocompromised patients can lead to death from encephalitis, hepatitis, or pneumonitis.

Can you separate the facts about herpes zoster from common patient misperceptions and misinformation? Make sure you know key clinical aspects and current recommendations by taking this short quiz.


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